Archive for ◊ July, 2008 ◊

O’bama and the Media
Thursday, July 31st, 2008 | Author:

A few cartoons from Slick to highlight the relationship between O’bama and the traditional (and declining) media outlets…








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The Football Game Flyover
Thursday, July 31st, 2008 | Author:

This is an interesting 4 minute video about airplane flyovers prior to NFL football games…

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Energy Cost Crisis
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | Author:

I’ve previously noted that there is no such problem known as an energy crisis… it’s better to describe it as an energy cost crisis.  I came across an article in ExtremeTech where the author discusses his experiences in converting his home to solar energy:

The net cost after the California rebate, Federal tax credit, and the Sunpower rebate came in at around $36K …

The payback time, assuming energy costs don’t spike steeply, is a little under nine years.

These aren’t financial numbers that are attractive to most consumers or businesses…

Liberals and Reality
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | Author:

A great article from — of all places — the Guardian

In January, Bush will be history, leaving liberals all alone in a frightening world. Little else will change. Radical Islam will still authorise murder without limit, Iran will still want the bomb and the autocracies of China and Russia will still be growing in wealth and confidence. All those who argued that the ‘root cause’ of the Bush administration lay behind the terror will find that the terror still flourishes when the root cause has retired…

Even if we have a President Obama, the continuities in American foreign policy will be more striking than the contrasts.

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Tennis Master Series in Cincinnati – Report 2
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 | Author:

We made it back to the tennis tournament in Cincinnati today and stayed for over five hours (click on the thumbnails below to see the larger photos).   We started the day on the Grandstand court watching 6’10” John Isner playing against Italian, Andre Stoppini.  While Isner is known for his big serve, Stoppini was serving just as well in the first set.  However, the Italian made too many unforced errors in the second set and lost 7-6, 6-3.

We also watched Jesse Levine lose in two sets to Australian, Chris Guccione, 6-3, 6-4.  Guccione was a much bigger hitter than Levine, but Levine showed some real finesse on the court with well-placed shots. 

The featured match of the day was Roger Federer versus Robbie Genepri.  In the second set, it appeared that Federer was going to suffer another early-round setback, however, the Roger-man held on to win 6-7, 7-6, 6-0.  Since Genepri played as skillfully as Federer through the first two sets, I’m sure he was disappointed in getting “bagel-ed” in the third. 


It’s interesting to note the number of players that have withdrawn after the tournament got underway.   We saw Stanislas Warinka practicing on Sunday but discovered that he withdrew on Monday complaining about knee problems.  Mario Ancic pulled out of the tournament on Monday as well.  On Tuesday, Nicholas Kiefer withdrew due to an ankle injury, and Andy Roddick pulled out after warming-up complaining about severe shoulder pain.  It appears that the ATP substituted four players that lost during the qualifying round (Ram, Capdeville, Jun, and Clement)

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O’bama & Taxes
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 | Author:


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A Drunk Man, A Priest, and Simple Assumptions
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 | Author:

A drunk man who smelled like whiskey sat down on a bench in a subway station, next to a priest.
The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of Jim Beam was sticking out of his torn coat pocket.
He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, ‘Say Father, what causes arthritis?’
The priest replies, ‘My Son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes, and lack of a bath.’
The drunk muttered in response, ‘Well, I’ll be damned,’ then returned to his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. ‘I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?’
The drunk answered, ‘I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.’

Moral of the Story: Never assume you know where someone has been, what that person has done, or what they are thinking.

Hat tip to Joe Knecht

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Tennis Master Series in Cincinnati – Report 1
Monday, July 28th, 2008 | Author:

We went to Mason on Sunday where the weather was ideal and the tennis matches were all high quality.  Sunday is typically focused on the finals of the qualifying matches.  However, since the doubles tournament has expanded in Cincinnati, they actually had a couple of main draw matches on center court.  The most exciting match of the day was the newly-formed doubles team of Jesse Levine and Donald Young versus Lindstedt and Nieminen.  Levine and Young are supposed to be the up-and-coming hope for American tennis (they are 20 and 19 years old)…  they took their more experienced opponents to tiebreakers in both sets, but lost 6-7, 6-7.



We typically hang out between the Grandstand, Court 9, and the Stadium.  This gives use great versatility to watch two matches and a practice court, all within a couple of feet of walking…  I noticed the unusual quantity of left-handed players.  In the Levine/Young doubles match, three of the four players were southpaws… As usual, Missy got her favorite lemonade and soft pretzels.  She remarked that “it didn’t taste the same without sharing it with Eliezer.”



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Farmer Wisdom
Monday, July 28th, 2008 | Author:

A flatlander drives off the road and his car gets stuck in a ditch. Along comes a farmer with a workhorse and he is asked for help. He hitches the horse up to the car and yells, “Pull Tiffany!”
The horse doesn’t move an inch.
Then he yells, “Pull Montana!”
The horse barely stirs.
Then he yells, “Pull Dixie!”
The horse stands at attention.
Then the farmer yells out, “Pull Morgan!” and the horse steps right up in the harness and pulls the car easily out of the ditch.
The flatlander looks in amazement and asks, “Couldn’t you remember the name of your own horse?”
The farmer smiles and says, “Well, that’s not how it is. He’s blind and I didn’t want him to think that he would have to do all that pullin’ on his own!”

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Is a Flu Pandemic Just Around the Corner?
Sunday, July 27th, 2008 | Author:

It’s interesting how the State of Ohio is advertisting on television to warn us of a pending flu pandemic.   In fact, there is a web site dedicated to informing citizens about a likely spread of the bird virus.  A recent Issue of the UK Independent noted:

“We have been warned that an influenza pandemic is overdue and that when – rather than if – it comes the effects could be devastating, particularly if the strain of the virus should be of the H5N1 variety that has been seen in south-east Asia in recent years.”

I haven’t decided yet if this is a “world is going to end tomorrow” or a legitimate notification.